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The Best Project Runway Designers Ever 

BrigitteNajarian
Updated October 13, 2018 9.8k votes 1.3k voters 17.5k views 39 items

List Rules Vote up the designers you liked the most. It's about personality and design skills, not whether or not they actually won!

Dig deep, deep down into your soul and think of your all-time favorite designers from "Project Runway." The ones who went on to win the competition and even the ones you think who were robbed. This list features all the fan favorites, including the designers we just love to hate. 

It's not about winning here, people – it's about who got you to say which catch phrase the most. It also has a little to do with whose designs you most loved, because that's only half the battle. The real winners are those that could make us laugh and love despite some of their ghastly designs.
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Christian Siriano is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Age 33 from Annapolis, Maryland, United States of America
Oh Christian. Winner of the fourth season and founder of the famous catchphrase "fierce." The phrase was continuously used and abused until it became no longer relevant. Your designs, however, are timeless and still attract the likes of Taylor Swift and Kaley Cuoco.
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Mondo Guerra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Mondo Guerra
Oh Mondo, many thought you were robbed in season 8. It's a good thing he came back in 2012 for the "All Stars Edition" and won. Mondo famously revealed his HIV-positive status on the runway with one of his designs. 
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Dmitry Sholokhov is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Age 40 from Navapolatsk, Belarus
The mysterious Dmitry. He looks like a Disney villain, but he was season 10's champion, so it evens out. 
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Dom Streater is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Dom Streater
Dom won season 12 with the biggest prize package of $500,000 in the show's history. Pretty incredible since she started out working two jobs to support herself in the beginning of her career. 
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Seth Aaron Henderson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Seth's philosophies on creating, "clothing with a conscience" got him the season 7 win. He still practices that in his newest work that featured sustainable fabrics from recycled plastic bottles.
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Austin Scarlett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Age 36 from Cottage Grove, Oregon, United States of America
Scarlett was truly a character on the show with his porcelain baby doll looks. He lost in season 1 and in the "All Stars" edition, but his flowing, romantic designs serve him well as the creative director of bridal couture at Kenneth Pool.
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Uli Herzner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Age 47 from German Democratic Republic
Uli and Heidi share German heritage together, but surprisingly, she did not win because of that reason. Though she lost in season 3, her well executed and clean designs were a fan fave.
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Anthony Ryan Auld is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Anthony Ryan Auld
Winner of the second "All Stars" season, Anthony will create a custom-branded capsule collection for Nine West. He would go on to share his prize money with fellow competitor Joshua McKinley to invest in his designs.
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Anthony Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Anthony Williams
Although losing in season 7, fans adored Anthony. Guest judge Jessica Alba did as well, considering she wore one of his designs on the red carpet.
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Korto Momolu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Korto Momolu
Momolu will go down in the show's history as the almost winning multiple times. She was runner-up in season five and in two separate seasons of "Project Runway All-Stars."
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Amanda Valentine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Amy Boal added Age 28 from Ottawa, Canada
Valentine was known for her gorgeous bohemian, chic designs.
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Rami Kashou is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Rami Kashou
Rami had technical skill above all others in season 4, but sadly didn't take home the gold. His finale collection truly showcased his talents as a designer with clean but intricately detailed gowns.
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Leanne Marshall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Age 38 from Yuba City, California, United States of America
Leanne became the winner of season 5 with her stunning prelude to her final collection that featured a show-stopping wedding dress. In fact, she's still designing wedding gowns, which were featured in last year's New York Fashion Week.
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Laura Bennett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Age 55 from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
Laura was the designer who had six KIDS. Six! She was a finalist in season 3 but lost to Jeffrey Sebelia.
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Michael Knight is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Michael Knight
Michael didn't win season 3, but many of his designs were on point during challenges. His Pam Grier hot pant inspiration and innovative coffee filter dress will be fondly remembered. 
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Chris March is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Chris March
Appearing on season 4 and the "All Star Challenge," Chris went home empty-handed. If empty-handed means having Beyonce as your client.
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Justin LeBlanc is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
JustinLeBlanc added Justin LeBlanc
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Irina Shabayeva is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Age 37 from Georgia
This Georgian native went on to win season 6. After her successful win, she designed dresses for the likes of Selena Gomez and Carrie Underwood.
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Michelle Lesniak Frankli... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
11th season winner and first-ever survivor of the "teams" edition, this Portland native took it all. Her plans after the win was, "To get an accountant to figure out how to do my taxes with all that money." Smart move.
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Daniel Vosovic is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Age 37 from Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America
Season 2 runner-up was actually invited back by Bravo to blog for the 3rd season. His orchid outfit was stunning, though.
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Anya Ayoung-Chee is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Age 37 from New York City, New York, United States of America
The former Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe, Anya, won season 9, which will be added next to her pageant trophy. She's now a travel ambassador for Trinidad and Tobago.
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Chloe Dao is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Age 46 from Pakse, Laos
Winner of season 2, Chloe beat out Daniel Vosovic and Santino Rice. She then acted as judge for season 1 of "Project Runway Vietnam." 
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Nick Verreos is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Age 52 from St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
In season 2, Verreos was most memorable for his take on the Barbie Doll challenge. He was, unfortunately, cast off by Heidi because of the makeover challenge for Daniel Vosovic.
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Jillian Lewis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Jillian Lewis
Jillian was a season 4 runner-up that featured her collection of separates that were truly inspirational. She now makes private designs for clients and runs her own clothing line.
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Jay McCarroll is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Age 44 from Lehman Township, Pennsylvania, United States of America
First ever winner of "Project Runway" for Season 1, Jay was suppose to be awarded  $100,000 and a mentorship from Banana Republic, but had to turn both down because of "contractual issues," whatever that means!